Colorado is tough on drunk driving, and it is important to understand all of the consequences that come with a DUI charge. One of these consequences is the courts requiring you to install an ignition interlock device.

According to Guardian Interlock, Colorado may require you to install an ignition interlock device even if it is your first offense. Subsequent offenses mean longer periods of time with an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle.

What does an ignition interlock device do?

An ignition interlock device acts as a breathalyzer that a third party company installs in your car. When you have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, it will not start unless you breathe into the device first. The ignition interlock device will measure the amount of alcohol that is on your breath. If the device detects any alcohol, your car will not start.

After the car starts, the ignition interlock device will require that you breathe into the device at random intervals. This will prove that you have not consumed any alcohol since you started the vehicle.

How long will I need an ignition interlock device?

This depends on the nature of your offense. For a first offense, usually, you will need an ignition interlock device for a month. With a second offense, you will need the device for two years. If the courts convict you of DUI more than three times, Colorado will consider you a habitual traffic offender and you will need to have an ignition interlock device for at least four years.

You are responsible for paying for and maintaining your ignition interlock device. Failure to do this may mean you lose your driving privileges.